After You're Accepted

Auditions & Advisory Examinations for New Students

New Undergraduate Music Majors

After you have received notice of acceptance to the Music Major and the University, please contact the Music Department office at (510) 885-3135, or mariko.abe@csueastbay.edu, to arrange appointments for the following:

  1. Theory Advisory Examination (for undergraduate transfers)
  2. Piano Proficiency Examination (for undergraduates)
  3. Applied Music Audition and application for Jazz Concentration (if desired)
  4. Performance Group Audition (Jazz Ensembles, Orchestra, Wind Symphony)
    Note: Use the Choral Auditions Calendar to schedule auditions for choral performance groups
  5. Academic Advising

New Graduate Music Majors

  1. Applied Music Audition
  2. Graduate History Advisory Exam [Sample exam]
  3. Graduate Theory Advisory Exam [Sample exam]
  4. Academic Advising

All Students

Complete the Music Department Info Sheet:

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Placement Exams

Undergraduate Exams

Upon acceptance into the Music Major and the University, new transfer and graduate students are required to complete placement examinations in music theory and music history (graduate students only). The purpose of these examinations is to validate your knowledge of theory and history in order to properly place you in the correct courses. A few important details:

  • New freshman do not take the exams. Freshman wishing to test out of musicianship courses (theory, sight singing, and basic piano) must talk to the instructors of the courses in order to arrange for a challenge exam. Please note that the instructor may refuse such a request.
  • If you are a transfer student missing the requirement for a course, you may not place into a higher course as you will need to complete the course in order to mark the requirement down. For example, if you feel you have second-year music theory knowledge but you don't have any first-year music theory units from another college, you may not place into second-year theory. You will be required to take first year theory (when enrolled, you may request a challenge of the course from the instructor).
  • If you are a transfer student, and you have taken equivalent music theory courses at another institution, you still must successfully pass the respective theory placement exam in order to move on to other music theory courses.

Sample Exams


Graduate Exams

Graduate exams in music theory and music history are administered at the start of fall quarter. Performance on these exams will determine the amount of remedial work, if any, is required.

Sample Exams

Contact Dr. Peter Marsh, the graduate coordinator, for more information.


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